Occupational Therapist

Barnet, Enfield & Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust
£31,163 to £37,875 a year per annum inclusive of outer London HCAS
Closing date
2 Apr 2023

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Occupational Therapist
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
An EXCITING opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic and motivated Band 5 Occupational Therapist to join our innovative and dynamic team at the North London Forensic Service (NLFS).

Would you like to work in a large Occupational Therapy Department with lots of opportunities and support?

The post holder will work as a member of the Occupational Therapy team with the North London Forensic Service (NLFS). The NLFS provides medium and low secure in-patient services for those suffering from mental illness and/or learning disabilities, forensic intensive care unit and forensic outreach services.

The post will involve delivery of the OT provision to a designated caseload, focusing on functional daily living skills and specific mental health and risk issues. This will include the assessment, treatment and evaluation of clinical interventions, planning and running a range of therapeutic individual and group work, carrying out functional assessments and contributing to multidisciplinary team care planning and risk assessment. The patients are people with diverse needs and presentations, often with psychotic symptoms, secondary diagnosis of personality disorder and can exhibit aggressive behaviour and poor insight.

The post holder will work closely with the Multi-Disciplinary Team and relevant outside agencies to provide a quality service, which is responsive to client's needs.

Main duties of the job

  • To assess client's needs, establish aims and objectives, and plan their Occupational Therapy treatment programme.
  • To carry out a range of standardised/non-standardised/functional assessments or interviews, including MOHOST and establish aims and objectives.
  • To manage a designated caseload in response to patient groups needs
  • To attend multi-disciplinary clinical meetings, to support and share information regarding professional practice with other disciplines and work in collaboration to provide a coordinated package of care.
  • To actively contribute to the risk assessment process
  • To ensure that relevant records, reports and treatment statistics are produced to a competent standard in line with professional guidelines.

Person Specification:-

o Working knowledge of the occupational therapy processo Effective verbal and written communication skills to present reports, assessments, supervisionwith patients, MDT, families/carers, supervisees.o Proactive team membero Effective time management skillso Willing and able to learno Good IT skillso Experience of working autonomouslyo Demonstrate a professional approach including boundary keeping to relationships with staff and patientso Ability tobe flexible and adaptable and sustain demands of working with a challenging and emotive client group

About us

The North London Forensic Service is an OUTSTANDING service as rated by the CQC. We are an ever growing, innovative service who pride ourselves on being service user led. We champion experts by experience and have a department dedicated to this alone.

Our OT department is resourced with a recreational centre which includes 2 gyms, a sports hall, pottery room, music/recording studio, IT suite, horticulture garden, ADL kitchen, tennis court, carpentry and mechanics workshop, a service user lounge, cafe and shop. Some of the groups that run from the centre include pet therapy, plumbing and motorbike repair/maintenance.

We also have a co-produced Recovery College which delivers workshops and classes (such as yoga, drama skills and mindfulness to name a few!) to service users as well as staff.

The occupational therapy team is a large department and has ever expanding opportunities for learning and career development, some of which include:-
  • Extensive training opportunities including: AMPs, Sensory Integration training, RAID, Trauma informed Care, VdTMoCA.

Job description Job responsibilities

  • The OT process includes the assessment, goal and intervention planning and ongoing review of occupational needs. Interventions may include referring to in-house and external vocational and educational services, one to one and ward based interventions, and supporting community integration as part of their recovery journey.

Full job description and person specification available as PDF

Person Specification EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATIONS Essential
  • Dip. COT or BSc OT & Registered with HCPC
  • Experience of group work
  • Experience of working in an MDT
  • Effective written communication skills to includes reports, assessments, supervision
  • Ability to apply and develop core OT Skills
  • Post graduate clinical experience in forensic Mental Health and a demonstrated ability to understand clinical needs of the forensic client group

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